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#SELFIE society

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Melissa macdougall

on 3 November 2014

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#SELFIE sociology:
#SELFIE overview:
...and last, lets talk about #SELFIES!
the #SELFIE debates
A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media

on instagram:
#selfie = 184 million
#selfies = 13 million
#selfiesunday = 11 million
#selfienation = 3 million
rise of narcissistic culture
sexual objectification
relationship strains
1) Are #SELFIES social?

2) While on the topic, lets open up and talk about ourSELFIES! Describe your #SELFIE experience. What are #selfies to you? Why and when do you take/post/edit selfies? What have you gained, what have you lost?

3) Which side of the #SELFIE debates are you on? Defend your argument.

Technology, Social Media & the Self
The Rise of the Selfie
1400's - Self-portraiture
1839 - Robert Cornelius
2002 - First known usage of "selfie"
2004 - Flickr & MySpace
2005 - "Selfy" in UrbanDictionary
2010 - iPhone 4 front-facing camera; Instagram
2012-2013 - popularity of the word "selfie" grew 17,000%
Today - 61% (U.S) & 56.5% (Canada) mobile users have smartphones
identity development
personal identity shaping
how many #selfies?
"Technology doesn’t just do things for us. It does things to us, changing not just what we do but who we are. The selfie makes us accustomed to putting ourselves and those around us “on pause” in order to document our lives. It is an extension of how we have learned to put our conversations “on pause” when we send or receive a text, an image, an email, a call. "
Sherry Turkle,
New York Times
1 million+ taken each day
most popular in Australia, the U.S. and Canada
make up 30% of photos taken by people between 18-24
50% of men & 52% of women have taken a selfie
14% digitally enhanced
34% of males state they retouch every selfie; only 13% of females
stats continued:
91% of teens have posted a photo of themselves online
65% of teen girls said seeing their selfies on social media boosts self-confidence
55% girls & 34% boys say social media makes them self-conscious about appearance
58% of teen girls say pictures of others glamorous makes them feel bad about themselves
30% all teens say social media means they always need to be "camera ready"
however ...
"The selfie, like all technology, causes us to reflect on our human values. This is a good thing because it challenges us to figure out what they really are."
According to our friend, Sherry Turkle:
on twitter:
#selfie used in over 143 million tweets
social conflict theory:
selfies originate from the world in which we live as opposed to being products of individuals themselves
impression management:
we present ourselves as we want those around us to see us; to gain approval
identity work:
brings together internal self-reflection and external engagement
looking-glass self:
(1) we imagine how others perceive us; (2) we imagine their judgement; (3) we feel something from this judgement
(1) define
(2) history
(3) #SELFIE statistics
(4) the #SELFIE debates
(5) #SELFIE sociology
(6) discuss
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